A1 Birtley to Coal House

Scheme outline

The scheme involves widening the existing A1 between J65 (Birtley) and J67 (Coal House), near Gateshead, to provide three lanes each way. In order to accommodate the wider carriageway, the Allerdene bridge over the East Coast main line (between J66-67) will be replaced.

The aims of the scheme are to reduce congestion and improve safety. It follows the earlier A1 Coal House to Metro Centre scheme which provided a third lane on the section immediately to the north.

After 2020
In preparation
Other upgrade
for use by all traffic
Highway authority
Central Government


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5 September 2016

Public consultation events will be held on 9 and 10 September 2016.

3 February 2018

Statutory public consultation starts on 8/2/18 consulting on the preferred option to replace the Allerdene railway bridge slightly to the south of its current position.

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With thanks to Michael Pritchard for information on this page.